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Turlock Fire Department ‘bleeding’ personnel, says union

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The ranks within the Turlock Fire Department continue to dwindle with three firefighters leaving last week for new positions at other departments.

The recent departures follow the retirement announcement of Interim Fire Chief Gary Carlson and bring the number of firefighters to leave the department to 13 in three years and 23 in the last 10 years.

“We need to stop the bleeding,” said Turlock Firefighters Local #2434 President Chad Hackett about the recent personnel losses.

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Coronavirus outbreak at Turlock Fire Department, 10 positive cases reported

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) – A coronavirus outbreak at the Turlock Fire Department has 10 of the department’s 42 firefighters quarantining at home.

“Sunday morning, prior to reporting to their shift, we have two firefighters call in sick exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19,” said Turlock Fire Department’s Interim Fire Chief Gary Carlson.

Carlson said on Sunday those two tested positive and that by Thursday eight others had as well.  

“Out of the 10 firefighters, I believe four of them are asymptomatic, have no symptoms at all. They wouldn’t have known they had it had they not been directed to get tested,” Carlson explained. “The other six all have symptoms that are very minor. One of them has a little more pronounced symptoms but, overall, every one of them is doing very well.”

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Firefighters Stop 4-Alarm Modesto Pallet Yard Fire From Spreading

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MODESTO (CBS13) — Firefighters say an early morning fire at a pallet yard went to four-alarms on Friday.

The scene is along the 1700 block of Reliance Street in Modesto.

Modesto Fire says the incident, which started just before 3:30 a.m., prompted a four-alarm response. Firefighters from Modesto, Ceres, Turlock and the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District responded.

Firefighters were able to contain the flames to the yard, officials say.

Exactly what started the fire is now under investigation.

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Firefighters rescue two trapped by Turlock apartment complex fire

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) — Two people were rescued from a fire that damaged four units at an apartment complex Thursday morning in Turlock.

Around 8:40 a.m., the Turlock Fire Department says a fire spread through an apartment complex on East Monte Vista Avenue, near Geer Road.

In a video posted by the fire department, screams can be heard as fire and smoke pour out of first- and second-story windows.

Firefighters rushed to rescue two residents who were trapped on the second floor, according to the fire department.

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Does L.A. County’s ‘overstretched’ fire department need more money? Voters will decide

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Los Angeles County firefighters on Tuesday won approval to ask voters for more money to help their sprawling department tackle increasingly destructive wildfires and a growing volume of medical calls.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to place a proposed parcel tax on the March ballot. The tax would apply to residents in the department’s coverage area, which spans 58 cities and the county’s unincorporated areas.

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